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Ian Wright questions Mikel Arteta’s decision of dropping Emile Smith Rowe against Manchester City at the weekend.
The Gunners were defeated 1 – 0, with Raheem Sterling scoring the winning goal for his side.
Arteta used to play Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka in the club’s previous Premier League clash with Leeds United, but decided to racall Nicolas Pepe on Sunday.
“Arsenal had three shots and one on target and didn’t look too threatening but for me it was a little bit of an opportunity missed in respects of Arsenal having a go at them,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“There were certain opportunities where Arsenal did win the ball back but they didn’t get into them quick enough, it wasn’t intense enough.
“Mixing up that three of Odegaard, Saka and Smith Rowe… I think they had something going.
“It would have been brilliant to play them in a game like that to see how they get on against that kind of City side. All that does is build confidence, build momentum.
In the end, he went with Pepe and it didn’t work out, for me, today for Pepe and I don’t think it worked for Odegaard in there either, to be honest.
But in the end, City were too good, closing down spaces and Arsenal couldn’t break them down.”
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